Steve Kornacki: The Red and the Blue

Date(s) - 10/28/18
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Pick-Staiger Concert Hall

Hosted by
Chicago Humanities Festival

Steve Kornacki: The Red and the Blue

Chicago Humanities Festival

Oct 28, 2018 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Electoral map logician, excitable data nerd, and national political correspondent for NBC News and MSNBC Steve Kornacki has been called “the breakout star of the 2016 news cycle” and “America’s gift to election years” (Tom Brokaw). In The Red and the Blue, Kornacki revisits and re-examines the knock-down, drag-out partisan politics of the Clinton/Gingrich battles of the 1990s, with their scorched-earth tactics and slippery congressional electioneering—and even the wild ride of Ross Perot—all with an eye to the political consequences of the choices made during that pivotal era: namely, the birth of political tribalism and its effects upon the current electoral politics. Politico reporter Natasha Korecki joins Steve for this timely conversation.


Steve Kornacki is a national political correspondent for NBC News and MSNBC. His work has also appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Roll Call, and the New York Times, among others. The Red and the Blue: The 1990s and the Birth of Political Tribalism is his first book.

Natasha Korecki is a national correspondent for POLITICO. She previously authored Illinois Playbook for POLITICO and worked as political reporter and federal courts reporter at the Chicago Sun-Times. Korecki is the author of Only in Chicago, a book detailing the downfall of ex-Gov. Rod Blagojevich.